What’s the proper dividing line between what government does and what business does? This is not a political question — it is meant in the context of the space industry.
There used to be a pretty bright dividing line. There was NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and other space agencies in civilian space, and the military and security services operating in military space.
The demands of security and resilience against attack still keep military space a separate and largely secret kingdom. But even there, the military doesn’t build things; it contracts with private-sector companies to design and build them. It engages companies and outside contractors to operate a lot of them. And, of course, it uses commercial satellite capacity to handle the majority of its communications traffic.
What is true of military space is even more emphatically true of civilian space.
We have entered an era where government space increasingly is business space.
The C-Band Alliance (CBA) put up a fight for its 5G spectrum allocation plan at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing yesterday, as critics cast doubt on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) legal authority to implement a private auction.
At the hearing, titled “Our Wireless Future: Building a Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy,” Peter Pitsch, CBA’s lead government relations advocate (and former associate general counsel for Intel), pleaded the organization’s case for satellite operators who hold the licenses to the mid-band spectrum targeted for reallocation to 5G wireless services.
Pitsch said that the fastest way to repurpose mid-band spectrum was through a “marketplace auction” overseen by the FCC.
AT&T and IBM launched a “multi-year strategic alliance” Tuesday, where IBM will provide cloud resources and Red Hat’s Kubernetes platform to support AT&T Business applications, while the giant US operator will help bring software-defined networking to IBM.
A global asset management company will merge two data center companies to form the largest independent provider in the Netherlands.
DWS’s acquisition of the two Dutch data center companies, The Datacentre Group (TDCG) and NLDC, is on behalf of its European infrastructure fund. The merger will create what is claimed to be a leading national data centre player that will grow into international markets.
LoRa and cellular’s Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) are far ahead of a pack of low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) staking out early design wins in the internet of things. The LTE-M version of 4G cellular is a distant third, and Sigfox trails, according to a new report from IHS Markit.
The report suggests that a once wide-open field is beginning to narrow significantly. However, it’s still early days. IHS estimated that just 150 million LPWAN links were deployed in 2018, a figure that it expects to expand at a 63% compound annual growth rate to hit 1.7 billion links by 2023.
A lot of technologies ranging from consumer electronics to medical innovations all either got their start or their first major push thanks to work done by engineers, astronauts, and scientists working on the Apollo program.
Imagine if there was a plant-based material that could easily be transformed into synthetic materials, the fabrication and disposal of which currently create excess waste and pollution.
That’s the scenario with a new discovery by a cross-institutional team of scientists, who have been working with enzymes to help solve the world’s plastic-pollution problem.
In their latest work, they have identified a new family of enzymes that paves the way to convert plant waste into sustainable and high-value products such as nylon, plastics, chemicals, and fuels.
A team—co-led by Professors John McGeehan at the University of Portsmouth, Jen Dubois at Montana State University, Ken Houk at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Dr. Gregg Beckham at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)—made a breakthrough in using so-called “promiscuous” enzymes to break down lignin to its basic molecules.
Retiring Boomers are leaving manufacturing plants with a knowledge deficit.
The engineer who could smell a failing motor or hear a bum bearing is getting replaced by preventive maintenance tools run my younger workers who are digital natives. Automation tools are advancing to accommodate this change. More and more, emerging plant technology requires configuration rather than original programming. Young employees are stepping into the jobs of the future and becoming “robot masters” in the process.
Yet there is a skills gap between the retiring knowledge worker and the young engineer who is set to replace the Boomer’s training with technology. “We’re seeing a skills deficit.